Butchers Arms, EN5 5XP
- 020 8441 9476
- 148 Barnet High Street, EN5 5XP
It's long and narrow, stretching back a surprisingly long way from the street frontage. A couple of large arched skylights ensure that the middle and back of the pub are well-lit, while lighting elsewhere is provided by recessed spotlights. Decor is in shades of purple, green, and grey.
There's a variety of seating; curved banquettes near the front give way to a line of stools along the bar, followed by freestanding chairs and tables further in. It opens out at the very back into a darts area with three dartboards; one of them with an open oche, but the other two above tables so presumably only used when nobody's sitting there. Finally, beyond this is a patio-style beer garden with picnic tables and parasols.
Kake visited on a Wednesday early afternoon in May 2017. There were a couple of other customers in when I arrived around 1:30pm. The flatscreens were initially showing the news with the sound on, not too loud, but at 2pm the sound was turned up annoyingly loud for a football match.
The handpumps were clipped for five real ales: Courage Best, St Austell Trelawney, St Austell Tribute, Bath Ales Gem, and Abbot Ale. A pint of lime and soda was 95p.
According to their Facebook page as of May 2017, they have an open mic night. It's not clear whether they do any food.
Accessibility: A step to get in. More steps to the beer garden. Toilets are down a straight flight of stairs with a sturdy handrail on both sides.